2020 Judging Process

In these extraordinary times, we have amended our judging process, and we will not be carrying out any in-school judging visits.

In order to keep the Awards going, we will be moving to a virtual judging process, outlined below.

Our judges are volunteers, and judging is an independent and peer-led process. The majority of the panel members are practising teachers and many are Teaching Award winners. The panel also includes representation from organisations across the educational spectrum.

We are grateful to these dedicated professionals who give their time to ensure a smooth and credible process for those involved and to help celebrate the amazing people who work in our schools. We need to do this more than ever in this current climate.

Please note, we anticipate having to postpone the announcement of Silver Winners planned for mid-June and the House of Commons Tea for Silver Winners in July, and will post further details in due course.

Non-shortlisted entries

Those who submitted an entry which is not shortlisted will be notified at the beginning of April. Certificates to these nominees will be sent in May.


Shortlisted entries

Shortlisted entries will be contacted by the judges after Easter to arrange virtual judging by video call where possible and phone calls where it is not possible. The planned judging process is below, but we will keep this under review.


Virtual judging process

* A video/phone interview with the nominee(s).

* A video/phone interview with the HoD / Subject/phase leader / Head of Faculty in FE colleges.

* A video/phone interview with the Headteacher (or Deputy Headteacher and/or the chairman of the governors in the case of Headteacher nominees).

* A video interview with a selection of pupils

* A video interview with a/some parent(s)

* When schools re-open, where schools are able to facilitate it, judges will observe a lesson being taught

* In light of the lack of face to face judging visits we are inviting you to submit additional evidence via email if you so wish – this can be video footage, photographs, web links, written testimonies and other examples of your nominee’s work that you feel would assist our judges.


National Thank a Teacher Day

A week of celebrating the teaching profession, culminating in National Thank a Teacher Day
May 2020


October 2020

Pearson National Teaching Awards UK Ceremony

We plan to hold the 2020 ceremony at the same time as every year - the end of October - but we will, of course, keep this under review to reflect changing circumstances.

The UK Ceremony is broadcast on BBC2 as Britain's Classroom Heroes one week after the ceremony takes place.


November 2020

2021 Awards year opens